With so many hospitals in Chicago, three bordering Cook County John Stroger Hospital, University of Illinois, Rush, and Westside VA, there are plenty of opening for physcians. Physcians at Cook County have to do more work, they have to be responsible for House Staff (Student Doctors), teaching, checking up on them, checking behind them, with the influx of new House Staff in July, many needing to learn English better, oh my......, and now do the work of nurses that have been laid off, other physicians that were laid off, its no wonder they are leaving. The pay for physicians at Cook County Hospital is also lower at least by 7%, than neighboring hospitals, and Chicagoland area Hospitals. I can't blame the Attending physicians for leaving, not one bit.

Cook County Jail in the news as well
One by one, Cook County Jail inmates would line up to have a cotton swab inserted into their penises.
It wasn't always done gently, or willingly, according to inmates, and sometimes it happened without the medical official changing gloves.
Now county taxpayers could be on the hook to pay as much as $3.2 million to the thousands of inmates who experienced this method of jail testing for sexually transmitted diseases.
The Cook County Board is set to vote Tuesday to settle the class-action case brought by inmates, who said they were coerced and threatened into taking a test for chlamydia and gonorrhea.
Inmates say the tests were done through Cermak Hospital without privacy and with great pain during swabbing.
But county officials maintained proper procedures were followed and they were doing little more than testing for diseases for the safety of all inmates -- no differently than taking a blood sample.
County health officials suspended the program earlier this year and cut off funding for an automatic STD test upon entry to the jail.
County attorney Patrick Driscoll said more than 32,000 inmates are eligible to collect in the settlement.

5 Comments:

  1. KittyBowTie1 said...
    Without changing gloves? If true, that's just beyond stupid. Those gloves are $2 for 100 and they come right off in a second.
    SP Biloxi said...
    One out of three doctors leave? That is sad. How are the people of Cook County, the inmate in prison, and so on get healthcare from a doctor? And of course, the healthcare will go up tremendously for the taxpayers? Are there more HMO or PPO in Illnois?
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    I do not know about the number. I have a little extra taken out of my paycheck so I can get the any doctor I want plan vs. the cheaper HMO plan.
    SP Biloxi said...
    Unfortunately, my plan doesn't cover PPO. I am under HMO. So, luckily I don't have anything deducted my account. However, I have two supplimental insurances for medical and dental that I pay for that I get reimbusements back for certain procedures. I am also added insurance in case I am injured outside my office. So, thank goodness I had that coverage for the ankle injury a few years ago in which I got reimbursement back. But, I do feel sorry for people who don't have healthcare or have healthcare that they are paying through the nose. Overall, the healthcare system is broken.
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    The State is in a mess. Rod Blagojevich has the Allkids health plan in Illinois that insures all children can get health insurance, the more the parents make the more the premiums are.
    Blagojevich still wants to sell/lease the Illinois Lottery to fund the pensions in Illinois, but it is also revenue for the schools which is the original purpose it was set up for. Obviously this is one of many issues that he is butting heads with State House Speaker Mike Madigan about. The Illinois lottery has not been making as much money in the last few years due to boats, casinos, and online gambling. But Blagojevich still wants to do things for education in Illinois without raising taxes.
    Then they are still fighting over electric rate hikes/freezes depending on which end you are on.
    Blagojevich still wants to do more for healthcare in Illinois, and sell/lease the lottery.

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